Dr. Steffany Moonaz is a yoga therapist and researcher living between Doylestown, PA and Baltimore, MD. She currently serves as Director of Clinical and Academic Research at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Dr. Moonaz became curious about importance of mind-body activities at a young age, and has always had a passion and a curiosity about the healing power of mindful movement. She completed undergraduate work in biology and dance at Oberlin College, earned a MFA from University of Maryland as well as a CMA from the Laban Institute and spent eight years at Johns Hopkins University, helping to develop and evaluate a yoga program for individuals with the chronic diseases of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, which became the basis for her PhD in public health.
Along with recent and ongoing research collaborations at the National Institutes of Health, Einstein, Sinai and Montefiore Hospitals in New York, and University of Maryland, Dr. Moonaz is working to bring yoga to people with arthritis in communities around the country, as well as educating yoga teachers and yoga therapists about the unique needs of this population. She also serves on the Executive Committee and Board of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH), which recently merged with Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM).
Dr. Moonaz currently leads Yoga for Arthritis teacher training programs nationwide and serves as a mentor for several emerging researchers who are working to study the effects of yoga for various health conditions. Her work has been covered by Time, HuffPost, the Baltimore Sun, and U.S. News and World Report. She has been invited to speak at Emory University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins Palliative Care, and the Smithsonian. Her Arthritis-Friendly Yoga DVD, produced by the Arthritis Foundation, has been their best-selling product since its release in 2013. Her book, Yoga Therapy for Arthritis: A whole-person approach to movement and lifestyle, was published by Singing Dragon Publishers December of 2018.
Selected Publications & Presentations
Missenda, M. (2021). Yoga therapy and pharmaceuticals: A cautious approach to interaction. In D. Finlayson & L. Hyland Robertson (Eds.). Yoga therapy foundations, tools, and practice: A comprehensive textbook, London: Singing Dragon.
Moonaz S, Whitehead AM, Lawrence L, Natividad D, Kindred D, Nielsen, A, Teets R. Yoga Therapy Dyads: A novel approach to chronic pain management in underserved populations. International Journal of Yoga Therapy. 2020 Dec 13:S1550-8307(20)30410-9.
ISCI631 Intro to Complementary and Integrative Health
RSCH601: Introduction to Research Literacy in Integrative Health
2017 2018 & 2019 Great Esteem award.
Faculty Poster Award, Annual Research Symposium, Maryland University of Integrative Health, Laurel, MD, 2020
Dr. Moonaz lives in her childhood hometown with her husband, two fabulous kids, and an adorable mutt named Luna. She spends many weekend and part of the summer in Baltimore, MD near Patterson Park. She identifies as short, female, Jewish, vegan, bisexual, and an ever-evolving advocate for inclusion. As a former modern dancer, she frequently holds impromptu living room dance parties and has occasionally been seen dancing down the aisles of the grocery store. Her dharma, or path, is to help alleviate suffering through the mind-body connection, which she tries to do in her own life as well as through her research and teaching. Dr. Moonaz is incredibly grateful to be serving in her role at MUIH. Dr. Moonaz lives in her childhood hometown with her husband, two fabulous kids, and an adorable mutt named Luna. She spends many weekend and part of the summer in Baltimore, MD near Patterson Park. She identifies as short, female, Jewish, vegan, bisexual, and an ever-evolving advocate for inclusion. As a former modern dancer, she frequently holds impromptu living room dance parties and has occasionally been seen dancing down the aisles of the grocery store. Her dharma, or path, is to help alleviate suffering through the mind-body connection
DISCLAIMER: The content of this faculty profile page was created, authored, and published by the identified faculty member. Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) makes absolutely no guarantee as to the currency, accuracy, or quality of information published. The views and opinions expressed on this page or any links made available are strictly those of the author and do not necessarily state or reflect those of MUIH. The content of this profile page has not been reviewed or approved by Maryland University of Integrative Health.